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28 Feb

Omega-3s and NLRP3 InflammasoMe Signaling in Human Obesity

In a recent study in the Journal of Endocrinology, the relationship between fish oil-derived long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) and the suppression of NLRP3 inflammasomes in human obesity through downregulation of inflammasome gene expression in adipocytes and macrophages was...

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21 Feb

Obesity and the Microbiome Influence

The gastrointestinal tract is an ecosystem that has a huge impact on human health. Research has shown the floral content of the intestine plays a role in obesity, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and even psychiatric disorders. A new animal study shows how fiber favorably affects...

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14 Feb

Zinc and Hypertension

New research links zinc deficiency to hypertension. Zinc is involved with hundreds of enzyme systems and has other health implications. Zinc has been shown to be beneficial for learning and cognition and is also recommended for people with a genetic predisposition to heart disease. It may even...

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07 Feb

Probiotics May Directly Affect Breast Milk Carbohydrate Composition

New research has revealed a possible two-way connection between maternal dietary microbes and the makeup of the oligosaccharide sugar molecules found in human breast milk.

Until recently, it was thought that oligosaccharides affected the microbial communities within an infant’s gut, acting as...

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30 Jan

Fiber, Back in Fashion

Fiber is back in the news. Most people have heard it before; sugar and refined carbohydrates are bad, and vegetables and whole grains are good. However, a recent review of research, published in The Lancet, attempts to give a broader view of the effect that carbohydrate quality has on overall...

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24 Jan

Gut Microbiota and the Neuroendocrine System

The gut-brain axis is undeniable, but specific mechanisms of influence continue to be investigated. Specifically, the gut microbiota is now considered the body’s major neuroendocrine system, controlling body processes including the stress response and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)...

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17 Jan

New Study Links Omega-3s to Heart Health

Recently published research investigated the omega-3 index in patients with heart failure to explore association and potential prediction of risk. The omega-3 index is the sum of EPA and DHA in erythrocyte membranes. Blood samples from 899 subjects with systolic heart failure were analyzed for...

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10 Jan

Another Vote for Coffee

The debate over whether or not we should be drinking coffee brews on. In a previous blog post, we weigh some pros and cons to drinking this delicious dark brown elixir (author is an admitted coffee junkie). Now we can add to the discourse results from a new study in the Journal of Internal...

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03 Jan

Veggies Boost Brain Power

A new Harvard study highlights another reason why mother’s advice to “eat your veggies” is spot on for long-term health and, in particular, cognitive health. The study that started in 1986 and followed 27,842 men for 26 years was designed to highlight the impact of fruits and vegetables on...

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20 Dec

Music and the Brain

Music has healing power,” Elton John once said, and recent research confirms this. Although aging and cognitive decline are affected by a wide variety of factors, music may be one factor that enhances cognition. A new study looked at the impact musical practice has on neurocognitive aging.

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